Come join us as we explore the farthest reaches of the Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve in search of Thirsting Lake! We will explore the back country's winding and primitive trails where our final destination will lead us to a serene & crystal clear lake covered in an abundance of pristine emerald sea-grass beds! Our experienced and knowledgeable Guides are ACA Certified Kayak & SUP Instructors & Certified Florida Naturalists well versed on Florida's ecology and natural history & skilled at spotting local wildlife!
Skill Level: Novices are welcome but please note this is an extended kayak trip, & you should be comfortable paddling on the water :)
Novices: New to kayaking? We recommend you arrive 30 min prior to start of event to participate in a "mini on-shore kayak lesson" where we will go over basic kayak strokes which will ensure you get the most out of your paddling experience! What to bring: Water shoes, long breathable clothing, bug spray, water and/or choice of beverage & snack to share :) **Headlamp or light for your kayak is important so you are visible on the water**
Launch Time: Everyone is expected to fill out a waiver & participate in a quick on shore safety briefing at which time we will help you get your kayak on the water and launch promptly at 3:30pm.
Duration: This is approximately a 3hr paddle but will incorporate some breaks in between. We will arrive back to our beach launch around 6:30pm to light refreshments and some cool tunes! Feel free to bring your choice of beverage & snack to share :)
Cost: Normally $65, but for our Meetupers, we are offering it for $35 per person which includes a single kayak complete with seatback, life vest and paddle.
***Free for those who bring their own kayak but donations are welcome :)***
Reservations Required: Yes! RSVP through Meetup :) If you are bringing guests please add them to your RSVP or have then join our Meetup Group and register for the event! Please let me know if you need a kayak or will be bringing your own :) We accept same day reservations (if spots are available). Contact us at[masked] if you have any questions!
Payment: We will collect payment on the day of the event. Cash is King!!!
Inclement Weather Policy: We go rain or shine but If there is threat of thunderstorms, lightning, high winds or other severe weather, we will contact you ONE HOUR prior to our scheduled departure time and reschedule our tour.
Since 1992 Gulf Coast Kayak has been considered the local favorite kayaking outfitter! We look forward to meeting you!!